Appreciate the suggestion about the belts. I'm up for replacing them, though the sounds that are being emanated sound more like a squeaky or a metal on plastic sound. It's hard to imagine belts alone making the sound as they do still feel pretty soft and rubbery, not hard in any way.
I'd say it's time to replace the belts. They tend to get a bit squeaky/creaky with age. Sometimes you can get a bit more time without the noise by removing the belts and scrubbing the pulleys clean, but it's just a temporary "fix", the noise will soon return. The belts are pretty cheap though, so I'd go with replacing those, don't forget the short belts as well.
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